Running for daylight

Jake Quosig (26) celebrated his birthday with another impressive night for the Half Moon Bay High School Cougars. Quosig is an integral part of the offense and special teams for the Cougars. Photo courtesy Becky Ruppel

The Half Moon Bay High School football team is 4-0 in nonconference play after steamrolling over El Camino in South San Francisco, 56-0, on Friday. And the train is showing no signs of slowing down.

The Cougars were just too much for the Colts, pinning them to a 42-0 deficit at the half before Cougars coach Keith Holden let his foot off the gas just a little bit. Half Moon Bay scored on each of its first-half possessions. The Cougars were so good early on that every play from scrimmage in their first two possessions resulted in either a first down or a touchdown.

As usual, Chase Hofmann was the most unstoppable of the Cougars’ many weapons. He ended with three touchdowns and several runs that left knee-buckled Colts stranded in his wake.

Hofmann was hardly alone. Birthday boy Jake Quosig and Dom Padua repeatedly came flying out of the backfield to back up the Colt defense. Quosig scored twice — once on a short run and again on an 8-yard pass reception. Padua had his most productive game of the season. He opened the scoring with a nifty 15-yard run down the right sideline and ended with 74 yards rushing on the night.

Padua was named by coaches to be the Cougars’ offense player of the game on Friday.

Wideout Hayden Von Almen was the night’s deep threat. At times, it was hard to know what hurt El Camino worse, the ground game or the air attack.

The Cougars threw some wrinkles into the game plan, such as lining up in a spread shotgun formation. Meanwhile, quarterback Gavin Tomberlin showed that he is increasingly becoming a running threat.

“He’s always worked hard at throwing the ball,” Holden said. “Now that he’s a senior, I think he’s also more confident running and is a true double threat.”

It takes a good calculator to total the numbers on the season: The Cougars have now outscored preseason opponents 219-14 through four games. The Cougars haven’t allowed a single point in their last eight quarters of football.

Next up: Mills High School (2-2) visits the coast. The junior varsity game begins at 5 p.m. and the varsity plays at 7:30 p.m. After that, the Cougars have a bye week to prepare for the start of Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division play.

Truth be told, Cougar coaches thought they would get a tougher test early in the season, particularly from Saratoga and Palo Alto. And Holden said his charges know big games remain once league play commences with Burlingame on Oct. 6.

Is he worried his team might get overconfident?

“Any other year I’d have that fear,” he said. “But I don’t worry about that with this group. They don’t play overconfident and they have been playing football together for a long time.”

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